What's in your sausage? Introducing all-natural foods by Safeway Open Nature (and a giveaway for you!)



You know the old saying, you should never visit a sausage factory, because if you see how they're made -- with all the entrails and parts of the animal nobody eats, and don't even ask which animal we're talking about -- you'll never eat sausage again? (okay, it's not really an old saying but everybody says it)

Turns out, you don't need to visit the factory, all you have to do to lose your appetite is read the list of ingredients. Sausages aren't just made with meat, salt and herbs they way they were made in the old days. I did a quick internet search and listed all the "extra" ingredients that I found in four or five varieties of sausage:

corn syrup
flavorings
dextrose
isolated soy product
isolated soy protein
sodium nitrite
sodium lactate
sodium phosphate
sodium diacetate
monosodium glutamate
collagen casing

At least entrails would have been part of the animal. You're no longer eating a sausage, you're eating a chemical lab!



Fortunately more and more companies are making all-natural products these days -- but price and availability is always an issue. But now that Safeway has introduced OpenNature, a line-up of 100% natural products, getting real food at a good price has never been easier.

I first heard of OpenNature at last weekend's World's Longest Table picnic, where chef Tyler Florence cooked a delicious meal with OpenNature products. Safeway sent me a gift card so I could try OpenNature products for myself, so I stocked up on some OpenNature sausages, Greek yogurt, granola and baby back ribs. The potato salad I made with the Greek yogurt was delicious, and so was the white bean and cauliflower stew that I made with the sausage for dinner tonight (Check out the recipe and photos on Finding Bonggamom). Their OpenNature Sweet Apple & Maple chicken sausage is proof that you don't need preservatives or artificial ingredients to make a great-tasting sausage. Here's the full list of ingredients:

chicken raised without antibiotics
apples
organic maple syrup
sea salt
organic evaporated cane juice
organic cinnamon
organic spices (nutmeg and allspice)
natural pork casing

Ahhhh, much better, right? Now that sounds like something Laura Ingalls' Ma could have made in their Little House on the Prairie. Something that even I could make in my kitchen, if I had the time or talent -- but why bother, when Safeway Open Nature does it so deliciously?
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Win a $50 Safeway gift card

Safeway wants you to try their new OpenNature products, so one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader is going to win a $50 Safeway gift card!


Required entry:
Leave a comment on this post and tell me which OpenNature product you would most like to try. This entry must be completed before extra entries qualify.

Extra Entries
For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry with a way to verify the entry (i.e. tweet link, blog post link, Facebook id, Twitter id, etc.).

1) Retweet my Safeway OpenNature tweet (1 entry per day, leave a comment with the tweet link for each tweet).

2) Retweet my Safeway giveaway tweet (1 entry per day, leave a comment with the tweet link for each tweet).

3) Write this on the Safeway Facebook page (1 entry):

I entered to win a $50 gift card on Bonggamom Finds! http://ow.ly/5rFOV

4) Write this on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page (1 entry):

I entered the Safeway OpenNature giveaway! http://ow.ly/5rFOV

5) Leave a comment on my OpenNature potato salad post or my World's Longest Picnic table post and share your thoughts on what "100% natural foods" means to you (1 entry).

This giveaway ends at midnight PST on July 15, 2011; I will draw a winner at random on July 16 and post the winner's name on the comments section soon after. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!




Disclosure: Thanks to Safeway for providing the gift card for this giveaway and additional gift cards for me to try their Open Nature products for myself. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

67 Comments, Leave yours here:

AZcomm on June 27, 2011 at 10:26 PM said...

I want to try the Sweet Apple and Maple sausage! Yum!!

AZcomm on June 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM said...

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/AZcomm/status/85580485312516096

Mami2jcn on June 28, 2011 at 6:14 AM said...

I'd like to try the organic cinnamon.

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BethElderton on June 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM said...

I'd like to try the Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic Sausage.
bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

BethElderton on June 28, 2011 at 7:26 PM said...

I retweeted your OpenNature tweet
bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

BethElderton on June 28, 2011 at 7:26 PM said...

I retweeted your giveaway tweet
bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

cyndi br said...

I would try the multigrain bread
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Anonymous said...

Would love to try the uncured bacon.


betsy_349 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Mint Chip Ice Cream sounds delicious - yum yum!

amber dot boyce at hotmail dot com

Mari on July 4, 2011 at 9:42 PM said...

I'd like to try Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari on July 4, 2011 at 9:43 PM said...

http://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/88105611711094785


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LAMusing on July 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM said...

I'd like to try the Raspberry Walnut dressing
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LAMusing on July 5, 2011 at 7:45 PM said...

I posted on your Facebook page
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Norma said...

I want to try the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream!
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allysmama on July 5, 2011 at 9:42 PM said...

The Sweet Apple & Maple chicken sausage sounds delicious!!
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on July 5, 2011 at 9:46 PM said...

open nature RT
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/88468733848326144
7/5 bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on July 5, 2011 at 9:50 PM said...

safeway rt 7/5
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/88469743329222656
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on July 5, 2011 at 9:53 PM said...

wrote on safeway wall
https://www.facebook.com/Safeway?sk=app_182026698507521#!/Safeway/posts/240482492647934
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on July 5, 2011 at 9:56 PM said...

wrote on your wall
bleatham*at*gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds#!/BonggamomFinds/posts/181887428537333

allysmama on July 5, 2011 at 9:59 PM said...

posted on your
World's Longest Picnic table post
bleatham*at*gmail.com

Mari on July 5, 2011 at 11:47 PM said...

http://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/88498739345506304

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

allysmama on July 8, 2011 at 9:58 PM said...
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allysmama on July 8, 2011 at 10:00 PM said...

7/8 safeway tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/89559122260934656
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on July 8, 2011 at 10:01 PM said...

7/8 open nature rt
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/89559601959284736
bleatham*at*gmail.com

Mari on July 8, 2011 at 10:20 PM said...

http://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/89564114032144385

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari on July 8, 2011 at 10:22 PM said...

http://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/89564980260765696


runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Tina on July 9, 2011 at 7:36 PM said...

I want to try their breads
merleandtina@yahoo.com

Tina on July 9, 2011 at 7:38 PM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/89886065439150080
merleandtina@yahoo.com

Tina on July 9, 2011 at 7:39 PM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/89886369203232768
merleandtina@yahoo.com

Tina on July 10, 2011 at 7:25 PM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/90245108087271425
merleandtina@Yahoo.com

Tina on July 10, 2011 at 7:25 PM said...

http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/90245274282373121
merleandtina@Yahoo.com

allysmama on July 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM said...

7/10 open nature tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/90280735298158592
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on July 10, 2011 at 9:49 PM said...

7/10 safeway RT
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/90281321934491649
bleatham**at**gmail.com

allysmama on July 11, 2011 at 10:13 PM said...

open nature RT 7/11
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/90649614872612864
bleatham(at)gmail.com

allysmama on July 11, 2011 at 10:15 PM said...

7/11 Safeway RT
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/90650299756314624
bleatham*at*gmail.com

Mari on July 11, 2011 at 10:30 PM said...

http://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/90653728251711489

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari on July 11, 2011 at 10:32 PM said...

http://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/90654520824168448

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Elena on July 12, 2011 at 9:18 PM said...

I'd like to try vanilla ice cream

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena on July 12, 2011 at 9:25 PM said...

Open Nature Tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/90999789512167425

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena on July 12, 2011 at 9:27 PM said...

Safeway giveaway tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/91000539311116289

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena on July 12, 2011 at 9:30 PM said...

wrote on facebook wall:

http://www.facebook.com/Safeway?sk=wall#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150233434957411&id=100002433695748

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena on July 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM said...

Open Nature Tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/91202599788888065

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena on July 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM said...

Daily Safeway Giveaway Tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/91203483608424448

elena150980@yahoo.com

allysmama on July 13, 2011 at 8:51 PM said...

7/13 Open Nature RT
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/91353692166553600
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on July 13, 2011 at 8:52 PM said...

7/13 Safeway RT
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/91354185467043840
bleatham*at*gmail.com

Mari on July 13, 2011 at 11:46 PM said...

http://mobile.twitter.com/luckyduckytoo/status/91397675454439424
runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari on July 13, 2011 at 11:48 PM said...

http://mobile.twitter.com/luckyduckytoo/status/91398443192426496


runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Gina @ the Crave to Save on July 14, 2011 at 3:32 PM said...

I would love to try their different varieties of ice cream! They sound delicious! Thanks for the chance to win!
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save on July 14, 2011 at 3:33 PM said...

I wrote on safeway's fb page-https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150235490337411&id=100001464938109
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save on July 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM said...

I shared on your fb wall-https://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds?sk=wall#!/BonggamomFinds/posts/140263056054448
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save on July 14, 2011 at 3:39 PM said...

I retweeted your safeway tweet!
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save on July 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM said...

I retweeted your giveaway tweet! @crazyitalian0

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save on July 14, 2011 at 3:42 PM said...

Left a comment on your post here-http://bonggamom.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-make-perfect-potato-salad.html

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

allysmama on July 14, 2011 at 9:25 PM said...

7/14 Open Nature RT
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/91724203350429696
bleatham*at*gmail.com

allysmama on July 14, 2011 at 9:26 PM said...

7/14 safeway rt
http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/91725255340605440
bleatham*at*gmail.com

Mari on July 14, 2011 at 11:38 PM said...

http://mobile.twitter.com/luckyduckytoo/status/91757792955858944


runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari on July 14, 2011 at 11:42 PM said...

http://mobile.twitter.com/luckyduckytoo/status/91759124215369728


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Elena on July 15, 2011 at 3:32 PM said...

RT Open Nature:
http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/91998195621699585

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena on July 15, 2011 at 3:33 PM said...

RT giveaway:
http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/91998649772539904

elena150980@yahoo.com

Eunice on July 15, 2011 at 4:27 PM said...

my boys love the opennature 4 cheese pizza!

Eunice on July 15, 2011 at 4:28 PM said...

posted on safeway fb wall

Eunice on July 15, 2011 at 4:29 PM said...

I wrote on your FB wall

Mari on July 15, 2011 at 10:21 PM said...

http://mobile.twitter.com/luckyduckytoo/status/92100536920326144


runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari on July 15, 2011 at 10:24 PM said...

http://mobile.twitter.com/luckyduckytoo/status/92101884541800448



runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari on July 15, 2011 at 10:28 PM said...

I commented on Safeways wall:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150236473147411&id=520433979

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari on July 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM said...

I commented on your wall

http://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds?ref=ts&sk=wall#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150262573073151&id=520433979

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Bonggamom on August 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM said...

Congratulations to the winner: #66, mari!

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